Health Canada releases summary of comments from cannabis regulatory consultations
"We appreciate the input from the thousands of Canadians, provincial and territorial governments, and Indigenous organizations who participated in the consultation on the proposed approach to the regulation of cannabis. We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. Measures such as the packaging and labelling requirements announced today will help to achieve this goal."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
"The input received from thousands of Canadians will continue to inform our approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis. We want to ensure that the cannabis regulations we are developing meet our objectives to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and enable a diverse, competitive legal industry comprising both large and small players across the country, and displacing the existing illegal market.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health
"The evidence-based approach to plain packaging and labelling for cannabis products is part of a comprehensive public health approach to ensure that Canadians have the best information to make informed choices regarding the use of cannabis."
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Final regulations required to support the coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act will be published in Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible, following Royal Assent of the proposed Act.
Despite the fact that cannabis is illegal, 12% of Canadians reported using it at least once in 2015, according to the latest Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey. That rate is even higher for young people, with usage as high as 21% among youth aged 15 to 19 and 30% among young adults aged 20 to 24.
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